I work in an environment that promotes gossip and complaining. How do I avoid entering in to it?
Great awareness! Many of us work around gossipers and complainers. It is easy and very tempting to join in. Recognize when you need to get up and away from the downturned conversation. If you cannot leave try to just say something nice. I believe saying good things or keeping your mouth shut is the only way to avoid getting sucked in. Try saying that you are not comfortable ripping the person apart. Try bringing up solution orientated conversations instead of complaining. People like to be a part of a solution. People instinctively know gossiping and complaining is wrong and will appreciate you helping them get out of the negative spiral. Hold your tongue when you have a juicy “tid bit” to add. You will feel better about yourself and empowered to do it again next time the gossip and complaining starts.
Mathew 15:11 ”Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man: but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.”